Assisted NC businesses in winning 4,006 contracts minimum value of $15.76 billion
Support Provided by Fayetteville Technical Community College

Socioeconomic Programs for Small Business Series (Virtual)

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) – Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP) and the US Small Business Administration North Carolina District Office will host a series of educational webinars on Socioeconomic Programs for Small Businesses on the following topics:

  • June 29 (0900-1100): Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program
  • July 15 (0900-1100): Woman-Owned Small Business Program
  • August 19 (0900-1100): Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program

SESSION INFORMATION.

August 19 (0900-1100): Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program
About. This webinar is an introduction to the SBA’s Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB) Small Business Federal Contracting Program as well as the VA’s Vets First Verification Program. Following the formal presentations, current SDVOSB businesses will provide their experiences in: the certification process; finding set-aside opportunities; program benefits; and staying certified.

Who should attend. Businesses interested in the SBA and VA Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Programs and Certifications – Federal Contracting

Presenters.
US Small Business Administration – Aregnaz Mooradian is the Lead Business Opportunity Specialist working with the US SBA’s North Carolina District Office in Charlotte.  She supports North Carolina’s portfolio 8(a) certified firms to provide business development assistance to assist in navigating the federal small business procurement space.  She also works with buying agencies and small business specialists to facilitate small business contract awards.  Aregnaz began with SBA as a Business Opportunity and Lender Relations Specialist in 2013 at the Arizona District Office in Phoenix.

SBTDC Government Contracting Assistance Program – Robert ‘Scott’ Barker is from Lockport, Illinois and moved to Greenville, North Carolina in August of 2015 after retiring from the U.S. Army with over 30 years of active-duty service.  He enlisted as a private out of high school and left the army as a colonel; he was commissioned through the ROTC program at the University of Houston.  After relocating to Greenville, he taught a few courses at East Carolina University prior to starting his employment with the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) as a Procurement Counselor at ECU.  He was subsequently elevated to the PTAC director position effective November 2020.  PTAC became the Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP) in April of 2021.

North Carolina Military Business Center – Fran Perez-Wilhite, MBA, serves as the Program Manager, Veteran-Owned Business Development with the NC Military Business Center in Charlotte, NC since 2006.  Concurrently, she is appointed by the US Small Business Administration to her second term as Chairwoman of the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs which meets in Washington, DC.

Additionally, Fran is involved with other national federal agency board appointments based in Washington, DC.  She serves on the US Small Business Administration Interagency Task Force since 2019.  She also completed two appointments to the US Department of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses from 2014 – 2019.

Previously, Fran held numerous management positions at Philip Morris USA where she had been employed for thirteen years.  Prior to this, she was a Lieutenant in the US Army.

Fran has served on multiple city, county, state, federal, non-profit and corporate boards and committees for over twenty-five years.  She is very proud of her former position as Chairwoman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Community Relations Subcommittee.  Fran proudly completed her appointment to the NC Commission on Military Affairs as well.

Business speaker:
S2Technologies –  Maggie Stein is the founder, President and CEO of S2Technologies, LLC (S2) a professional services company committed to delivering high quality Administrative, Program Management and Technical Services to federal and commercial customers. For two decades Ms. Stein has managed Programmatic, Administrative, and Information Technology/Cyber programs delivering expertise across our core areas of Cybersecurity/Information Technology, Operations Support and Logistics. 

Headquartered in Smithfield, NC, S2’s commitment to quality and continuous process improvement is evidenced by their ISO 9001:2015 certification and continuous positive customer feedback. The organization holds a Top Secret Facility clearance. 

Since beginning operations in 2014, Ms. Stein has worked to establish the company as a trusted, successful partner for Strategic Solutions and Professional Technical Services. Our growth has been made possible by leveraging company capabilities and industry partnerships to secure both prime and subcontractor contracts. S2 now has operations in (6) six states where they provide support to Air Force, Army and IC customers. 

Ms. Stein is a U.S. Air Force veteran with more than 20 years of experience working with Federal Defense and Civilian customers and has established industry partners in a variety of both military and civilian, technical and management positions. She has previously held positions within the defense industry including Operations Director, Program Manager and Capture Manager for National Security Programs. In these various roles, she was deeply involved in daily operations, with strategic planning, market penetration, marketing and Research & Development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for DOD and International government customers. 

Ms. Stein holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Having earned Project Management Professional certification in 2008 and remains in good standing.

Originally from New Jersey, she now resides in North Carolina with her husband Kirk and their two children. 

S2 is a CVE certified Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned (SDVO) small, disadvantaged business, SBA certified as an 8(a), Historically Underutilized 


June 29 (0900-1100): Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program
About. This webinar is an introduction to the SBA’s HUBZone Program – and will address the pros/cons and why you should consider the HUBZone certification. Following the formal presentations, current HUBZone certified businesses will provide their experiences in: The HUBZone certification process; finding HUBZone set aside opportunities; program benefits; and staying certified.

Webinar Recording Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14Z-Pa70WTB0FTQDePL5AauQswUKnr7O5/view?usp=sharing

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Presenters.
US Small Business Administration – Aregnaz Mooradian is the Lead Business Opportunity Specialist working with the US SBA’s North Carolina District Office in Charlotte.  She supports North Carolina’s portfolio 8(a) certified firms to provide business development assistance to assist in navigating the federal small business procurement space.  She also works with buying agencies and small business specialists to facilitate small business contract awards.  Aregnaz began with SBA as a Business Opportunity and Lender Relations Specialist in 2013 at the Arizona District Office in Phoenix.

SBTDC Government Contracting Assistance Program – Robert ‘Scott’ Barker is from Lockport, Illinois and moved to Greenville, North Carolina in August of 2015 after retiring from the U.S. Army with over 30 years of active-duty service.  He enlisted as a private out of high school and left the army as a colonel; he was commissioned through the ROTC program at the University of Houston.  After relocating to Greenville, he taught a few courses at East Carolina University prior to starting his employment with the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) as a Procurement Counselor at ECU.  He was subsequently elevated to the PTAC director position effective November 2020.  PTAC became the Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP) in April of 2021.

North Carolina Military Business Center – Joe Tew is a Federal Business Development Professional. In this role he connects North Carolina businesses and organizations to Department of Defense and federal business opportunities; identifies lucrative and attractive solicitations and provides this info to NC businesses; helps match North Carolina capabilities with federal requirements; and helps North Carolina companies prepare, present and execute strategies to win federal business. 

Business speakers:
Upside Management: John Moore. John has over 20 years of experience in Federal AEC market. He has served in senior leadership roles for multiple organizations over the course of his career. He has had the opportunity to develop sustainable and profitable programs with several large business entities over the course of his career.

Carroll Communications: Mr. Bryon Doc Carroll, President. Carroll Communications is an SDVOSB, HUB Zone, VAR of General Dynamics Mission Systems that has recently entered into the DoD’s Mentor-Protege Program with GD-MS. The company’s core business focus is supply the US federal government with the IT and communications products and services it needs. As a veteran, Mr. Carroll believes that service to the country is a lifelong commitment. Mr. Carroll has served as a soldier, civic leader, and professionally as a federal supplier. He started the parent company to Carroll Communications in 2006.


July 15 (0900-1100): Woman-Owned Small Business Program
About. This webinar is an introduction to the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program. Following the formal presentations, current Woman-Owned certified businesses will provide their experiences in: the Women-Owned Small Business certification process; finding Women-Owned Small Business set aside opportunities; program benefits; and staying certified.

Who should attend. Businesses interested in the SBA Woman-Owned Small Business Program – Federal Contracting.

Presentation Download

Presenters.
US Small Business Administration – Aregnaz Mooradian is the Lead Business Opportunity Specialist working with the US SBA’s North Carolina District Office in Charlotte.  She supports North Carolina’s portfolio 8(a) certified firms to provide business development assistance to assist in navigating the federal small business procurement space.  She also works with buying agencies and small business specialists to facilitate small business contract awards.  Aregnaz began with SBA as a Business Opportunity and Lender Relations Specialist in 2013 at the Arizona District Office in Phoenix.

SBTDC Government Contracting Assistance Program – Jared Whitcomb has more than 25 years’ experience marketing, developing, proposing, negotiating and executing solutions to meet the needs of the Department of Defense.  Programs range from chem-bio research to weapon system development and aerospace MRO. He has been employed by small businesses as well as top tier defense contractors and has also been a small business owner.  Mr. Whitcomb’s demonstrated expertise in finding and understanding Government and Prime Contractor requirements has allowed him to develop teams and the supply chains to win and perform contracts to fulfill those needs. His experiences serving as Program Manager, Contracts Administrator Capture Manager and Controller give him insight to the range of challenges to the DoD contractor and subcontractor as well as the ways they must operate to perform in a competitive DoD environment.  

North Carolina Military Business Center – Donna J. Warren joined the NCMBC in February 2020 as a Business Development Professional.  Ms. Warren will focuses her attention on the US Coast Guard, federal government intelligence and cybersecurity agencies, as well as General Services Administration schedule opportunities. In addition, Ms. Warren has oversight to assist businesses in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties desiring to do business with the federal government.  In this capacity, she helps existing businesses to identify, bid on and compete for federal contracts. 

Ms. Warren has over 36 years of experience as a Contracting professional in the Department of Defense. Retired with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Ms. Warren holds Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA):  Level III Certification in Contracting, Level II Certification in Purchasing, and is also Certified in Information Technology and Program Management. 

Business speakers:
Miles Enterprise Solutions, Anita Stanton: Anita Staton is the Founder/CEO of Miles Enterprise Solutions (MES). Miles is a professional services firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina with a mission to “make work lives better” by providing technology-as-a-service solutions and digital transformations that assist clients with achieving enhanced collaboration and productivity. Ms. Staton provides the vision and leadership for the company and sets the corporate strategy. Miles is a certfied WOSB with clients in both the public and private sector.

Anita is a graduate of High Point University with a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Project Management from Strayer University. She has participated in the SBA Emerging Leaders Program, and the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) Grow Program. Anita began Miles in 2013 after 20 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Anita formerly served as Vice-President of the North Carolina Veterans Business Association (NC VetBiz) and is still an active member of the organization. Miles Enterprise Solutions is a member of the NC Tech Association, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.

Mind Your Business, Karen Caruso: Founder and CEO of Mind Your Business, Karen Caruso’s mission is to help her clients to make better, more informed hiring decisions. Through her dedication to accuracy, high-quality service, and excellence, Caruso has created a company that empowers her clients, her employees, and her community. Thanks to these values, Mind Your Business has become a leading provider of background investigations, EEO investigations, and drug-screening services. Karen Caruso is a licensed private investigator with over 25 years of experience in investigations/security management, background reporting, executive protection, physical security, vulnerability assessments, and surveillance detection.

NCMBC Key Information

  • NCMBC-assisted firms won 4,006 contracts – minimum value at $15.76 billion – from the NCMBC’s opening in 2005 through July 2021
  • FY2020: Federal agencies awarded $9.5 billion in prime contracts to companies in 97 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • FY2020: Department of Defense awarded $6.1 billion in prime contracts to companies in 83 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • NCMBC’s return on State investment: 33:1

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